By  on November 8, 2010

Carol Burnett’s next stop: the high-school hallways of “Glee,” where she’s making a cameo this month as mother to Cheerios coach Sue Sylvester, played by Jane Lynch. In 1967, WWD interviewed the comedienne just before the debut of her Emmy Award-winning “The Carol Burnett Show.” “The difficult thing for me to be on my own show is Ida Hostess,” said Burnett, dressed in a green and white gingham cotton dress. “I tense up when I have to introduce people. Sid Caesar had the same problem. I’m going to tell the audience the truth, so I’ve hired an announcer to introduce the guests. His name is Lyle Waggoner. He’s the handsomest man you’ve ever seen. He’s got shoulders like Joan Crawford.”

Burnett first caught the bug for comedy as a student at UCLA. “I did a scene when I majored in theater arts, and I heard them laugh and I kind of liked it,” she said, adding that she’s currently living in Betty Grable and Harry James’ old home in Beverly Hills. “I never dreamed when I was ushering that I’d live in that house. Financially, you can make $1 million in one year. It depends on how hot you are. It’s like being an athlete. You have to strike when the iron is hot.”

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